Flo Giles, 27, is a pig farmer’s daughter from Chipping Campden, Gloucestershire, and works for livestock trading company Meadow Quality. She recently represented Warwickshire Young Farmers Club (YFC) at this year’s NFU conference.
At the age of 14 I took up milking, going with my dad at weekends when he did some relief work. The rest is history.
In 2010, I went off to Hartpury College to study agriculture doing their three-year course, which included a year out.
This is where I spent my time on the dairy farm I helped out on.
When I left college in 2013, I took over the role of running an organic micro dairy in Stow-on-the-Wold called Nell’s Dairy, which was one of the first dairy farms which started selling milk through vending machines.
There were three machines in total and eventually we took on selling the milk online. My role was looking after the cows, calves, marketing and selling of the milk, with the help of a couple of other people.
I applied for Royal Agricultural University for September entrance and was accepted on the same day.
While I was studying, I carried on my self-employment throughout university, which would vary from lambing, silage carting and obviously milking.
If I was not at university, I was in the milking parlour. I graduated in 2019 with BSc Agriculture Hons, which I was over the moon with.
I now work for Meadow Quality, covering maternity leave until the middle of this year.
Then I will go back to being self-employed, as I miss milking too much.
I was lucky enough to be chosen by Warwickshire YFC to go and represent them at the NFU conference this year.
We are lucky to have such a strong leader in the NFU. I met Minette Batters at the conference, and she is so down to earth.
I have been involved with YFC since I was 17 and I love every moment.
It has been a big part of my life and I have made friends for life.